**** Spoiler Alert: I will talk about who wins. Please read with caution.
Well the Limited Series that was The Next Iron Chef Finale has come and gone in the throes of Battle: Swordfish. This was an interesting battle between Chef John Besh and Chef Michael Symon, two chefs that took very different paths to the top. Besh won the first challenge and established himself as the early favorite in the competition while Symon struggled mightily in the beginning only to steadily improve every week.
It came as no surprise, then, that Symon emerged victorious. In fact, I think it was almost anti-climactic. While I was cheering for Besh (this has to do more with my predicting him to be the final winner than any disdain of Symon’s cooking), I had this suspicion that Symon was going to win. By the time the Iron Chefs were tasting each’s dishes, there was little doubt that Symon was going to be the winner.
And I think, based on that one meal, that Symon deserved to be the winner. His dishes appeared to be more innovative and avant garde than Besh’s (ie more like what an Iron Chef would make), though this is easily attributable to Symon’s cooking style which is far more modern than Besh’s down home country style.
I did learn one thing from this show though. If I ever had to make broth from swordfish bones, I need to roast them first. This is a very important culinary tip…
Anyway, congratulations Chef Symon. You passed the survival test that was The Next Iron Chef. I expect big things out of you because you were born to cook.
Oh, and I hope there’s a rematch between Symon and Besh. I would like to see the results.